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It's true: The greatest things can’t be touched

It's true: The greatest things can’t be touched

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Pascalle Bippert
WCN Correspondent
July 18, 2012
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Type “The Greatest Things in Life Can’t Be Touched” into a Facebook search and you will find a site that inspires its readers to feel better about the trials they are facing in their lives.

Diana Marconi’s son, Andrew, started this page last year when he was just 15. For a while, they worked on it together. However, due to obligations with school, he was no longer able to give it the time that it required.

Since then, Diana, who lives near Floresville, has taken over the page and posts pictures and sayings at least four times a day. The page grew from 66 “likes” to 200 in just one week. It has been a year and now more than 28,650 people all over the world “like” what Diana does. People from Japan, Korea, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Australia, Jamaica, France, Africa, and the Philippines visit her Facebook page and talk to Diana on a regular basis.

Diana said that a year ago, she would not be described as an overly positive person. She has dealt with the death of her parents, the death of a child, a chronic disease, and depression. Since she started working on this page, she has become more positive about life and the circumstances we all face from time to time. She is able to relate to many people because of her own experiences.

She reviews the site to see what people are talking about needing in their lives; she then uses different search engines, such as Google, to look up that topic. If she sees that people need hope, she researches that topic to find images, poems, and quotes from famous people and personalizes those messages for her readers. Diana also reads articles and writes short summaries for her readers. She will take scriptures from the Bible and make beautiful posters with those words for her readers to find comfort. As much as 80 percent of what is on the site are things she has personally written.

One woman told Diana that she was on the verge of suicide, but somehow felt led to visit the Internet and Facebook; somehow, she found Diana’s page. She does not know how or why, but she credits it with saving her life. Since then, she and Diana correspond regularly.

Many readers tell Diana that she has posted exactly what they needed to hear that day. Many of them message her privately, asking for guidance. Some just need someone to listen to them. Some just need a friend who has compassion for what they are going through. Diana tells people she is not a counselor. She is not certified, but she helps a lot of people.

Producing this Facebook page has changed Diana. She is more positive, more hopeful. If you ask her family, they will tell you that she has changed into a better person. She says it’s very rewarding and that she feels she’s been reached out to by God to do this for people.

Family members have encouraged her to write a book, something she is seriously considering. Public speaking has always been her biggest fear, but recently she was asked to speak in front of a group of people. She did great! She was able to get up and do it without even having any notes to refer to.

She credits her Facebook page with finding her voice and helping her speak comfortably. Her husband, Tom, calls Diana’s Facebook page her ministry.

In addition to Andrew, who started the Facebook page, Tom and Diana are parents to Adam, 18. Their household also includes four dogs and a cat.

Diana, who attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Floresville, said she does a lot of praying and listening to God. She knows He leads her in the direction He needs her to go to serve others who need hope.

While we were speaking, five more “likes” showed up on her Facebook page. Diana said “people all over the world have a common goal to know that things are going to get better.”

They are all looking for something to hold onto. They are searching for hope.

Visit www.Facebook/The Greatest Things in Life Can’t Be Touched to find out more.

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